Remembrance Sunday... - through these gray eyes...: Remembrance Sunday...

Monday, 10 November 2014

Remembrance Sunday...

Remembrance Sunday has always been significant to my family, not just because of it's importance but, because my Grandpa was a Royal Marine and my Grandfather was a POW in the Second World War.

In Year 10, I went to see the battlefields in Normandy and Belgium. It was without doubt the school trip where I learnt the most. Not only from a history point of view but also about life. The catastrophe of war, the impact it has on everyone's life, the real meaning of mortality and what mankind is truly capable of.

My understanding of the meaning of Remembrance Sunday has changed since I went to the Battlefields - having seen the cemeteries and memorials where the major battles were fought, the realisation of the heartbreaking number of people lost has never left me. The sheer number of graves at Passchendaele essentially turn the landscape white. 

Now I am a military wife and the meaning has changed slightly again... Now it is my husband that sallies forth to do his part in our countries defence. I am massively proud of this and am incredibly grateful that he has come home safe to me. 

It was amazing to be in London for the day and to see the crowds that had turned out to commemorate the fallen. I have never seen so many medals in my life! 

The poppies at the Tower of London which fill the moat are incredible - 888,246 poppies, each representing a British fatality in World War  1. 

'Never was so much owed by so many to so few.'

'At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.'


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